Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in The Woodlands area

June 6, 2012 4:09:32 AM PDT
Summer hasn't even begun and already two counties in our area have had confirmed cases of West Nile virus in mosquitoes. The first was Brazoria County. The newest confirmed case is from south Montgomery County.

A sample sent from The Woodlands tested positive for West Nile.

The Woodlands Township is doing spraying on many of the streets and storm drains. Right now, the confirmed cases were found only in mosquitoes. No humans have tested positive, and they want to keep it that way.

At North Shore Park, the Rowing Club of The Woodlands is preparing for the junior national championships. The Gomez brothers will compete this weekend, but training means a lot of hours outdoors -- and exposure to mosquitoes.

"They actually haven't been that bad this year. Maybe it's just because it's been really hot, I don't know. It wasn't as bad a last year, that's for sure," said Hugo Gomez, a member of the Rowing Club of The Woodlands.

"Some days, they're really bad, like whenever we're sitting by the boat house, but most days it's not that bad," said his brother, Andrew Gomez.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says sample mosquitoes from this area tested positive for the West Nile virus, so it is urging everyone to protect themselves, especially those who are active outdoors.

While we haven't had a lot of rain lately, it hasn't stopped mosquitoes from finding breeding sites.

"You want to wear sunscreen or repellent. You can get a combination of something that will keep them away. There's always something out there that can do harm to you," said Rowing Club of The Woodlands coach Mike Rosman.

The disease-carrying mosquitoes are most active from the dusk-to-dawn hours.

The Woodlands Township is also asking homeowners in particular to help out by eliminating any standing water they might see.

For more information on The Woodlands Township government, please call 281-210-3800 or visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.


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